Surgeons start on-line competition in endoscopic procedures

The Hague 13 December 2006Surgeons in training can use an on-line programme to find out who performs best in endoscopic procedures. Usually, surgeons practise by means of simulators but now they can measure their skills on-line against the results of their colleagues, according to the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Surgeons at the Erasmus Medical Center and the Reinier de Graaf Group have set up a competition. Assistent-surgeons of different hospitals specialized in medical education and equipped with a "virtual reality simulator" are invited to participate.

A computer keeps the score of all participants. The results are stored in a central data base. The competition will take until 15 February 2007.

When performing endoscopic procedures, the surgeon inserts instruments and a minicamera inside the patient's body without cutting. The surgeon is able to follow his/her every movement on a monitor. According to the Erasmus Medical Center, the technology is very adequate for training with virtual reality simulation. The simulator has been co-developed with the Technical University of Delft. For the first time, surgeons are able to measure themselves with one another in such a way.

This article has been translated and reprinted from the Automatisering Gids.


Leslie Versweyveld

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